Key Staff

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Linnea Carlson oversees the operations of the Jamestown Public Market as the only full time farmer’s market manager in Chautauqua County. Linnea grew up in Frewsburg, NY and has always had a passion for local farming and community. She has worked within the food system her entire career. Following her graduation from Fordham University with a Masters in Social Work, she helped establish the Salvation Army's food pantry in Dunkirk, NY. It was through this work she began volunteering at the Fredonia Farmers Market, assisting SNAP customers spend their benefits on fresh produce. She continues to volunteer at the Fredonia market in the winter months. Prior to joining the Jamestown Public Market, Linnea also worked for the Chautauqua County Health Network guiding communities to adopt and implement policies centered on healthy food access. It was through this work Linnea assisted six area school districts, various communitynon-profits, and six municipalities in implementing community gardens, healthy food retail initiatives, and walkable communities. Linnea is currently the Chair of the Chautauqua County Food Policy Council, and a member of the International Mobile Market Advisory Coalition in partnership with the University at Buffalo. She also volunteers as a member of the Audubon Community Nature Center Board of Directors,  the Busti Historical Society, and the Jamestown Lions Club. She lives in the city of Jamestown with her partner Ben and their five cats.  Issues that Linnea would like to see addressed within the food system include issues of food insecurity, communication between sectors, and education related to agriculture. She also has observed disconnects between local regulations and the food system and seeks to advocate for positive changes between policy and the food system.

Linnea Carlson, Director
Lily Grice
Nutritional Benefits Coordinator

Lily Grice is the nutritional benefits coordinator for Jamestown Public Market and Mobile Market. Lily has grown up in Jamestown and loves our little city deeply. She attended Jamestown Community College where she took a social science class on food systems, which lead to her involvement with the markets. Starting as an intern, she is now on staff for the markets. Lily is passionate about food access among our neighborhoods and feels strongly that putting a dollar general on every block will not help improve the strength of our food system in Jamestown. Rather she hopes to bring education and access to healthy food to her neighbors through the public and mobile markets. When Lily isn't ogling over pretty local produce, she is hiking with her partner Uriah and their dog Nellie. Her favorite things about living in WNY are the changing seasons, and the diversity of what can be grown in our region.

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Chili Peppers

Advisory Board of Directors

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Sarah Gilbert
Marketing Specialist, Chautauqua Center 

Sarah Gilbert received her bachelor’s degree in Peace and Justice Studies from Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA. Her studies centered on social justice, human rights and grassroots organizing. Sarah has worked in the nonprofit sector for 18 years as a community mobilizer and an advocate for disadvantaged populations. She worked with Christina Breen during their tenure at the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation to secure the USDA grant that provided funding for the Jamestown Public Market and allowed for the creation of the Mobile Market. Sarah currently works at The Chautauqua Center where she raises funds and provides outreach for community programs that improve access to healthcare and support services in our region.

Jen Gantenbein

Spiritual Mentor, Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Lotus Fire Healing Arts

Jen Gantenbein of Lotus Fire Healing Arts has over twenty years of experience in the field of healing and uses her expertise as a gifted, intuitive, and compassionate teacher to mentor women. She instructs and gently guides with an open-hearted and radiant presence, and the embodied grace of a wise Spiritual Mother. She is passionate about utilizing her gifts to serve others and to uplift everyone she encounters.

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Justina Johnson
Nonprofit Development and Communications

Justina graduated from California State University, Chico in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a Certificate in Literary Editing and Publishing. Her background in writing and editing has driven a career in grant-writing and non-profit fundraising, and she has served in management and development roles at non-profit organizations in California, Oregon, and New York.

Justina is passionate about social justice and environmental issues, and she loves reading, baking, and going on outdoor adventures with her family. 


Jessica Smith is a Jamestown native and the owner of the consulting business she started in 2020. She spent a decade working in corporate Human Resources and Talent Acquisition for several Fortune 500 companies serving the research and technology industries at Research Triangle Park (RTP) while living in Raleigh, NC. Since returning to Jamestown, she's been immersed in several social justice initiatives in the city including advocating for business start-up resources for the black and brown communities. She also serves as a mentor to young women in Jamestown with an entrepreneurial spirit with the goal of them starting and successfully running their own business. 


Working with the Jamestown Public Market allows her to focus on an issue she's passionate about, the intersectionality of food justice and equality. She is intentional about using her past experience to impact her city for the better. 

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Consulting and Community Outreach
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Other Members
Reverend Luke Fodor
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Sweet N Sudzy
Tim Smeal
Fundraising and Community Development
Mario Vargas
LadySong Fiber Arts Studio